2019 Scholarship Recipients
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2019 Scholarship Recipients

Cole Buys

Cole Buys, son of Dale and Lynn, is a Meridian High School graduate who will be attending University of Kentucky this fall to pursue a degree in business and architecture with a desire to design equestrian and agricultural facilities.Cole started showing market lambs in fifth grade and enjoys the opportunity to help younger 4-H members develop their showmanship skills. Cole has served as editor for his school yearbook, member of Honor Society and helped organize events to benefit Lynden Food Bank and injured veterans. Cole will keep busy this summer working at Clark’s Berry Farm and Cascade Farms before making “Old Kentucky Home”.


Elizabeth Conner

Elizabeth Conner, daughter of Scott and Jill, graduated from Nooksack High School and plans to attend Washington State University this fall to study Agriculture in Society.Jill has competed in marketing, showing pigs and landscaping with her FFA chapter. Her team recently took second at FFA State in Food Science and she placed first individually.She was active Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America and volunteered at the Everson Food Bank.She is passionate about ocean conservation and you might catch her out enjoying the water on her paddle board this summer before heading to Pullman this fall.



Abby Hayden

Abby Hayden, daughter of Bob & Michelle, will be graduated from Lynden Christian High School earlier this month plans to attend Washington State University this fall to study Animal Science.She plans to go on to veterinary school once she earns her bachelor’s degree.Abby started showing lambs when she was nine years old and was hooked.She has been involved in barrel racing and other horse gaming events over the years.Her most meaningful experiences have been serving as a junior high leader at her church and being part of mission trips to Guadalajara where she will be making her third trip this summer. She has volunteered at Kulshan Veterinary and works at Rover Stay Over.



Holly Lenssen

Holly Lenssen, daughter of Dave and Heather, is a graduated from Lynden High School and Whatcom Community College with her Associates Degree.She holds the distinction of having two older brothers who were recipients of the Foundation Scholarship to make a Lenssen Family trifecta!Holly will be attending Washington State University this fall to study Agricultural Education with a minor in Animal Science.Holly was involved with Dairyland 4-H which helped develop her people skills and she served as Whatcom County Dairy Ambassador this last year.Away from the family farm Holly has been active with Infinity Dance Company helping instruct younger students.



Kaiden Van Dalen

Kaiden, son of Mike and Raelene, is a Lynden High School graduate who will begin his studies at Whatcom Community College with plans to transfer to Washington State University to study Plant Science.Kaiden has raised market hogs throughout high school showing at both the Lynden and Skagit County Fair.When wildfires destroyed livestock and farms in Eastern Washington Kaiden sold a calf and donated the $7,000 in proceeds to the local FFA Chapters.In high school he participated in football, track and as a leader of the middle school Fellowship of Christian Athletes.He continues his work at Maberry Packing as a test plot breeder. When not working you will find Kaiden hunting, fishing or working on his bowhunting skills.



Elijah Vander Haak

Elijah Vander Haak, son of Steve and Jewel, will be graduated from Lynden High School and will be attending Washington State University this fall to study Plant Science.Having been raised on a dairy farm he has shown both dairy and swine through his growing years. He hopes to use his education to find solutions to the challenges facing the agriculture industry. Elijah participated in football, basketball and track in high school. He was active with Honor Society and served as a middle school leader for Fellowship of Christian Athletes.He continues to work on the family farm prior to his move to The Palouse in August.

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